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OBITUARY. 



James Duncan Hague. 
1836-1908. 

Mr. Hague died on the 3rd of August, at his summer home in 
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, after a brief illness. 

He was born and educated in Boston, entered the Lawrence 
Scientific School at Harvard College in 1854, studied at GGttingen 
in 1855, and at the Royal School of Mines in Freiberg for the next 
three years. In 1859-1861 Mr. Hague was engaged in scientific 
voyages among the islands of the Pacific. During the Civil War he 
served as judge advocate for the naval courts martial in the South 
Atlantic blockading squadron cases, in 1862-63. For the next three 
years he was in charge of copper mines in the Lake Superior 
region, and in 1867 he became first assistant geologist of the Geo- 
logical Survey of the Fortieth Parallel. The volume on "Mining 
Industry " in the Report of the Survey (Vol. Ill of the series) was 
the work of Mr. Hague. In 187 1 he entered upon the practice of 
his profession as a Consulting Geologist and Mining Engineer in 
California, and in 1879 permanently established himself in New York. 

Widely known in so many parts of the world, Mr. Hague won 
without an effort the esteem and personal regard of every one who 
met him. 

A pathetic interest attaches to the paper on The Drake Medal 
in the August Bulletin. This was Mr. Hague's last composition, 
written when in his usual health, and partly read in proof a few 
days before his death. 

Mr. Hague became a fellow of the American Geographical 
Society in 1887 and was elected Councillor in 1907 and Vice-Presi- 
dent in 1908. 

Cesareo Fernandez Duro. 

Sefior Fernandez Duro, President of the Royal Geographical 
Society of Madrid, died in June after a long illness, at the age of 
seventy-eight years. 

Educated for the navy, he served for thirty years and retired in 
1875 w ' tn tne g ra d e of capitdn de navio, devoting himself thence- 
forward with unwearied industry to historical and geographical 
research and the production of works such as the Armada Invencible, 
the Disquisicidnes JVduticas, Colon y Pinzdn, and the Armada Espanola, 
a history of the Spanish navy from the union of the Kingdoms of 
Castile and Aragon. All his writings are marked by the sound 
historical sense, by scholarship, by impartiality, by the respect for 
truth and the self-respect inherent in a noble character. 

The death of such a man is a loss to his country. 

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